Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to the CASPH?
Applicants with health or public health related work experience, who desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in basic public health competencies are eligible to apply for the CASPH.
How do I apply?
All applications are completed on-line. You will be provided with a username and password. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. With your username and password, you can re-enter the system to complete your application as often as needed. ( Apply Online )
How do I get information on the status of my application?
All applicants are processed through Upstate’s Admissions Office. You may contact them for updates at 315-464-4570.
How many credit hours does the CASPH require?
The Certificate Program is a five (5) course, fifteen (15) credit hour program.
How long will it take to complete the CASPH?
The certificate is designed for part-time study to accommodate the working professional. The certificate can be completed in as little as three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer). However, students who wish to take one course per semester will be able to complete the certificate in 5 semesters. All requirements for the certificate program must be completed within a period of five years from entry into the program.
What undergraduate degrees will best prepare me for the CASPH?
Because public health is a broad multi-disciplinary field, applicants to the certificate come from a diverse range of undergraduate degree programs. Applicable undergraduate degree programs with relevance to public health include (but are not limited to) health education, biological sciences, environmental science, economics, statistics, mathematics, food science and nutrition, international studies, political science, psychology, nursing, social work, anthropology, geography, business and finance, etc.
Are there any pre-requisites required for the CASPH degree?
Applicants should have professional work experience in the health/public health sector, and completed a college level statistics course wihin the past five (5) years with a grade of B or better. In addition, any biological science course (human biological science) and/or math or statistics course is highly recommended.
What is the tuition for the CASPH program?
CASPH students' tuition charge will be at the prevailing SUNY Tuition & Fee Rates.
Are there any on-line courses?
Not at this time.
When can students begin the certificate program?
Students will begin the program during the fall semester each year.
Since this is a joint program, from which University will my certificate be awarded?
The CASPH is a joint certificate between Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University, which means as a matriculating student you will be simultaneously enrolled at both Universities and have access to resources at both institutions. The Certificate awarded to each student will have the seals of both Universities. However, administrative records (transcripts, academic and financial records, etc) will be housed at Upstate Medical University.
Can I transfer credits from another graduate program I started elsewhere?
Students will be allowed to transfer three (3) credits from a CEPH accredited MPH program toward the certificate upon submission of a certified transcript and syllabus that shows equivalency to one of the required courses.
Do I need a laptop?
Yes, a laptop is required for all students in pursuing a CASPH. If you receive financial aid and need to purchase a laptop, the laptop expense can be incorporated into your financial aid package. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 315-464-4329 for more information.
Once I complete the CASPH, can get into the MPH Program?
Completion of the CASPH does not guarantee acceptance into the MPH program. The student will need to formally apply and be accepted into the MPH program in order to continue earning credits towards an MPH degree.
Will the 5 courses from the CASPH transfer over when I am accepted to the MPH program?
Yes. Once you are accepted into the MPH program, the 5 core courses (15 credit hours) you have completed during your CASPH will count towards the 42 hour credit requirement to earn an MPH degree.